Information for Operators and Drivers
The NZTA is the Government regulator for the transport industry. NZTA is undergoing changes in the regulatory compliance area and so the information below is subject to change. RTF will endeavour to keep the information as up-to-date as possible as things change.
The NZTA contact centre in Palmerston North was evacuated on 13 June 2019 and this has impacted application processing times. Find out the current application processing times here.
Transport Service Licence (TSL)
Drivers and operators of freight, vehicle recovery and passenger transport services industries are required to comply with a range of rules and regulations. In most cases this includes holding an appropriate transport service licence (TSL).
These regulations and rules assist transport service licence holders to run successful and compliant businesses while ensuring safe management practices and protecting other road users.
You can find out more about applying for a transport service licence here.
The Operator Rating System (ORS)
The Operator Rating System (ORS) is a system that aims to improve the safety of heavy vehicles on our roads, making journeys safer for all.
It is one of the tools that the NZ Transport Agency and New Zealand Police use to identify potentially higher-risk operators for further investigation and assistance to improve their safety practices, and auditing and targeting purposes.
The ORS provides an environment for willing compliance, encouraging transport operators to make their vehicles and driving practices as safe as possible, and to comply with their regulatory obligations that contribute to safety.
You can find out more about the ORS here.
Fatigue – the hidden killer
Fatigue can affect anyone and is believed to be a contributing factor in at least 12 percent of motor vehicle crashes. A major symptom of fatigue is the reduced ability to judge your own level of tiredness, which puts you at serious risk of falling asleep at the wheel. When fatigued, your judgement is severely impaired, your decision making is hindered and your reactions are delayed. All of these can have fatal consequences.
Find out more about taking proactive steps to avoid fatigue here.
Dangerous goods – know your stuff
It is vital that all individuals involved in the cartage of dangerous goods have a detailed understanding of their responsibilities with regard to dangerous goods and the ability to consistently meet these responsibilities in their work
Find out more here.
Vehicle dimensions and mass
This factsheet has general information about the legal requirements in the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016, available here.
Heavy rigid vehicles
The information in this factsheet describes the legal requirements in the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016 that apply to heavy rigid vehicles.
Heavy trailers and combination vehicles
This factsheet describes the legal requirements in the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016 relating to the dimension and mass limits for heavy trailers and heavy-vehicle combinations.
Static roll thresholds (SRT)
The stability of goods service vehicles can be greatly affected by the way they’re loaded. The load needs to be arranged so that its mass and height are appropriate for the design of the vehicle and the type of the load.
The information in this factsheet describes the legal requirements in the Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Dimensions and Mass 2016 (the Rule) that apply to heavy vehicle stability, and which vehicles must be certified for SRT.
Agricultural motor vehicles on roads
Farm vehicles present unique safety risks when travelling on public roads. Their size, shape and the speeds at which they travel can be an issue for other road users. There are legal requirements you must follow when using these vehicles on the road to ensure your safety and that of others on the road. You can find out more here.
Information about ways to contact the NZTA and office locations can be found here.